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Resident Evil 5: Demo Performance Analyzed
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We chose the “Fixed Benchmark” option in the Resident Evil 5 test in order to compare performance between different PC configurations. Note that we used two test systems: a Core i7-920-based system for the majority of the benchmarks and a Core 2 Quad Q6600-based system to demonstrate what a slower CPU architecture, lower clock speeds, and fewer CPU cores could provide in the way of performance.

Once again, we chose to test a range of graphics cards from our “Best Cards For The Money” column. This gives us a nice broad spectrum of cards to scrutinize from a range of budgets.

Our Radeon HD 4870 benchmarks were based on the performance of a reference Radeon HD 4890 that was underclocked down to Radeon HD 4870 clock rates--this will deliver reference Radeon HD 4870 performance, as the Radeon HD 4890 is essentially an overclocked Radeon HD 4870.


Graphic Test SystemCPU Test System
CPU

Intel Core i7-920 (Nehalem),
2.67 GHz, QPI-2400, 8 MB Cache

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (Kentsfield),
2.7 GHz, FSB-1200, 8 MB Cache

Motherboard

ASRock X58 Supercomputer
Intel X58, BIOS P1.90

ASUS P5K
Intel P35, BIOS 0902

Networking
Onboard Realtek Gigabit LAN controller

Onboard Gigabit Ethernet

Memory

Mushkin PC3-10700
3 x 2,048 MB, DDR3-1066, CL 8-8-8-19 at 1.8 V

A-Data Extreme DDR2 800+
2 x 2,048 MB, DDR2-800, CL 5-5-5-18 at 1.8 V

Graphics

Sapphire HD4650 512 MB DDR2 PCIe
Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI 1 GB DDR3 PCIe
Diamond Radeon HD 4770 512 MB DDR5 PCIe
Powercolor AX4830 512 MB DDR3 PCIe
Gigabyte GV-NX88T512HPV1 512 MB DDR3 PCIe
Asus ENGTS250 DK 1 GB DDR3 PCIe
Asus EAH4850 MT 512 MB DDR3 PCIe
Asus ENGTX260 796 MB DDR3 PCIe
ATI Radeon HD 4870 reference

Asus ENGTS250 DK 1 GB DDR3 PCIe

Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar WD50 00AAJS-00YFA,
500 GB, 7,200 RPM, 8 MB cache, SATA 3.0 GB/s

Western Digital Caviar WD50 00AAJS-00YFA,
500 GB, 7,200 RPM, 8 MB cache, SATA 3.0 GB/s

Power

Thermaltake Toughpower 1200W
1,200 W, ATX 12V 2.2, EPS 12v 2.91

Ultra HE1000X
ATX 2.2, 1,000 W

Software and Drivers
Operating System
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit 6.0.6001, SP1
DirectX versionDirectX 10
Graphics Drivers

Nvidia ForceWare 190.38, ATI Catalyst 9.8

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